SSDI…Survival of the fittest(?) disabled? I’m sure this is a familiar story…I just need to vent. Well, after hanging-in-there for nearly 20 years with FM and CMP complex, my docs finally said what I feared most: I was permanently and totally disabled in March. Not easy for a guy who has not been without a job for 40 years...and all the "guy things" that come with our society. 1. I used my Family Medical Leave to carry me until June. 2. I filed for SSDI the first of July 3. I filled out form after form after form 4. I had my initial filing interview with SSA the end of July 5. I had to fill out more forms after forms after forms 6. SSA (rather the state determining agency for SSA, Ga DOL) said that, get this: although I was disabled and my disability is debilitating and very painful, I could still “move” my arms and legs, so under their rules I was NOT disabled, nor entitled to SSDI benefits. 7. Got Soc Sec lawyer and filed for reconsideration and, of course, had to fill out more forms 8. SSA (the state determining agency for SSA, Ga DOL) then sent me more forms to fill out before they would reconsider 9. I’m now waiting on the reconsideration determination…any bets on how long, or, a reversal of their first decision? In the meantime, I still have nothing. Well, not really, I still have the blessings and support of an absolutely great soulmate of 38 years. I’m sure many of you have worse horror stories of the SSDI challange. I sometimes think its a Catch-22...in order to prove that you're disabled, you have to accomplish tasks that, if you're disabled (according to them), you can't do??? I'm a fairly tough guy, but, I've sat in tears with writting-hand cramps and tremors so bad it take days to complete just one of their six page forms, and then they send you another...not to mention the depressive befuddlement caused by some of the non-sensical(sp?) questions. Ahh…I feel much better now.